Liquidation sale starts at Trump's former Taj Mahal casino

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Liquidation sale starts at fmr. Trump Taj Mahal. Jeff Chirico reports during Action News at 4pm on July 6, 2017. (WPVI)

Hundreds of people are swarming the lobby of Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino, hoping to score big.

But Thursday's crowds aren't gamblers; they're bargain hunters searching for deals at a liquidation sale of the contents of the casino President Donald Trump built in 1990.

Liquidators will sell off the contents of the hotel's 1200 guest rooms, suites and the casino floor.

"It's a tag sale. Everything behind me has a price tag on it, suite furniture all has an individual price tag on it. Someone sees something they like, they can buy it, take it home right now, or come back and pick it up," said Don Hayes of National Content Liquidators.

Hot sellers included TVs, chairs and room furnishings.

Courtney Leader of Galloway Township picked up a poker table for $650.

"We thought it'd be cool to have a piece of history in our brand new home," she said.

For former casino worker Cheryl Kenney, this is a chance to take home a piece of her past.

"It's nostalgia. I just need to look around one more time. I'm going to cry, I left here in March. Had my kids here, met my husband," she said.

The casino built by now President Trump in 1990 was shuttered last fall. Hard Rock bought it in March for $50 million. Liquidators say that's not the only bargain to be had.

"You can buy a king size beauty rest pillow top bed for $99. In store they retail for $700 to $800. It's the prices that's getting people in here," said Hayes.

Hard Rock bought the shuttered casino in March for $50 million from billionaire investor Carl Icahn.

A summer 2018 opening is planned.

Political junkies were likely to be disappointed: All items with the Trump name on them were removed from the casino before the sale began.

Trump cut most ties with Atlantic City in 2009, having lost control of the casino company in a bankruptcy.
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